Lynettea has been so slow in letting me use the computer that I have had to use her notebooks, so I won't forget what I have to say. This is an entry from a while ago.
The rats have been annoying me all summer. Lynettea got so annoyed at the rats eating her grapes and her tomatoes and even her parsley that she rang she rang the Council to complain. The woman who answered the phone offered to provide some rat baits, but Lynettea didn’t want them. So we had to stand under the vines watching the rats eat bunches of grapes. Sometimes they ran along the fence rails and looked at us. The dog Orla from next door caught a rat, but I wasn’t allowed to hunt them, as Lynettea told me she didn’t want me to get rat bites.
I am keeping an eye out for the rat eating the quinces on my tree. If it comes into my enclosure, I will be able to get it. I am not able to go out at night to seize it when it is STEALING the quinces. When I take Lynettea out for her walk on the lead, this also restricts me, but it is essential that she gets this physical activity.
I have failed in my attempts to teach her to hunt; although I have demonstrated techniques to her many times. She has no aptitude for learning the skills. I think she is too clumsy and she moves far too slowly. At least I have been able to train her to open the windows when I give a short sharp vocal signal.